Season start looms for Old Boys, PNBHS
Old Boys look to have a good lineup this summer despite losing key batsmen Villi Tosi, who is in Britain, and Henry Cameron, who is playing in Wairarapa this season.
They will still have Manawatu batsman Josh Jaques, wicketkeeper-batsman Brynn Cleaver, the experienced hand of Robbie Laird, Brad Childs in the spin department and Bryce Grant, a batsman who produced some handy bowling displays last year.
All-rounder Robbie Yule will be an important player when he gets back from Canterbury University.
Old Boys are also hopeful of having Manawatu Turbos Bryn Templeman (pace bowler) and Craig Clare (batsman) now the rugby season is over.
Palmerston North Boys' High School will be coming off their tour of India and South Africa.
The schoolboys have a young squad and may struggle after Christmas once their year-13 students leave.
But the youngsters learnt to compete with the club sides towards the end of last season and have had a better pre-season than anyone else this year.
Paceman Navin Patel shapes as a key player for them as captain.
Other important players are spinning all-rounder Arana Noema-Barnett, who will play for Manawatu this summer, bowlers Matthew Wells, and Anu Ganugapati, as well as openers Tiago Jahufer and Hayden Hill.
The premier one grade is being played on Sunday because the Manawatu side is away at the Chapple Cup, while the premier two and three competitions are due to start tomorrow.
In the premier one grade, it's United against Freyberg, Old Boys play Palmerston and Marist play Boys' High.